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Independent committees help to keep trial participants safe

Who is watching out for your safety in a clinical trial?  Learn how independent data safety monitoring boards are used to evaluate the safety of the trial and make sure participants are protected.

Tau Shows Promise as Achilles’ Heel for Alzheimer’s and Similar Diseases

The protein, once seen as a secondary player, has taken a leading role in combating neurodegenerative illnesses

Stalked by the Fear That Dementia Is Stalking You

Testing for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia is hardly foolproof, and could even backfire.

Reduce your risk of dementia by understanding the brain heart connection

A new report from the Global Council on Brain Health describes the impact of cardiovascular risk factors on brain health for adults 50 years and older. Learn more about how taking care of your heart and understanding your risk of heart disease can improve your brain health.

How was a woman destined to get Alzheimer’s protected by her genes?

A woman in Colombia was destined to develop Alzheimer’s disease in her 40’s because of a rare family genetic mutation. But she didn’t show symptoms until her 70’s. Scientists are now investigating what protected her from the memory stealing disease. Could her genes hold the key to new treatments?

Alzheimer’s Tests Soon May Be Common. Should You Get One?

Not long ago, the only way to know if someone had Alzheimer’s disease was to examine the brain in an autopsy.

Hope, Happiness And Social Connection: Hidden Benefits Of Regular Exercise

If ever there was a time to up your fitness game, the arrival of the new year and the new decade is it. But after the allure of the new gym membership wears off, our sedentary habits, more often than not, consume our promise of daily workouts. It doesn't have to be this way, says health psychologist and author, Kelly McGonigal.

Alzheimer’s and its impact on the African-American community

Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and gradually worsens over time. It is the cause of 60-70% of cases of dementia. In most cases, remembering recent events is one of the earliest symptoms. A disease in the brain, the onset usually occurs in patients over the age of 65 but can occur earlier. Alzheimer’s is one of the most financially costly diseases.

Frequent social contact in midlife may reduce dementia risk, Whitehall II study analysis shows

Frequent social contact—regularly seeing friends and family—during midlife was associated with a lower likelihood of dementia diagnosis in later life, according to a recent study in PLOS Medicine. Being socially engaged may require greater activity in areas of the brain that contribute to language and memory, which in turn may account for better cognitive health, the authors noted.